So this weekend we started phase one of our big AE86 Winter project. And I decided to do a blog to keep you guys up on the progress of it. As some of you already know, our suspension guru Mike Barton has a pretty sweet AE86 that he's owned for close to 9 years. When he bought it, she had a blacktop 20V 4AG froma JDM AE111 Corolla. He put it through it's paces at the auto-x and on the road course, but she needs moar powah!
After talking about some crazy options, one just happened to fall into our laps that was powerful enough, and silly enough to fit the bill....a VH45DE out of a 1996 Infiniti Q45. And I just happened to have a ton of experience with that engine since I have a '92 model in the Zero31. And a spare Z32 30A in my house garage.
Phase one was obviously get the old engine and trans. out. Not really a problem when it's as small as a 4AG. It only took us two and a half hours so I only took some after shots. There's a sizable difference between these 2 huh? It's going to be a chore getting the VH in, but it'll be worth it once she's all done.
With the engine out now you can see what we're working with. Notice the firewall above the trans tunnel where the previous owner had to cut it out for the distributor of the 20V engine? It won't mean a heck of alot now because we'll be cutting the old trans tunnel completely out and up the firewall a good 4-5 inches to fit the bigger bellhousing of the Z32 FS5R30A and adapter.This will require a whole new trans tunnel in the car back to the shifter and a partial rebuilding of the firewall. Why not just LSx or 1UZ you say? Because we're F@#$king crazy. And because we can.
As you can see here though, the rest of the bay has plenty of room the big DOHC 90* V8 to fit with minimal modification. The car is setup for a front sump oil system, which the VH is. The power steering lines are on the correct side already. There's plenty of clearance between the steereing shaft and the frame rail for the exhaust manifold to come down.So I guess we'll see when we commence to fitting. Until next time!